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12-18-2003 12:32 AM  13 years agoPost 1
going vert

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Well - I'm going to try my thumbs on helis. After 15 years of fixed wing, I figured, what the heck.

I picked up this used X-Cell 60 w/ a JR 10X radio for $1200 - all in. Have a look @ the pics:
http://www.rcuniverse.com/market/item.cfm?itemId=12665

I don't know the first thing about helis, but it felt like a good deal. I know crashes will be expensive - so I'll just have to keep it in one piece... Easier said than done.

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12-18-2003 01:54 AM  13 years agoPost 2
Steve Campbell

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That's a beautiful ship.

Do yourself a BIG favor; actually, two favors. Go to the Lafayette club (NOT the pattern club- the one well west of town) and see if Gordon Mills is still flying there. He is a real pro and can help you avoid a lot of mistakes.

The second favor is buy yourself a plastic 30 to learn on. What you have is one of the best-flying helicopters ever sold. It is also one of the most involved to repair, and is not inexpensive to repair.

Even if money is tight, I would strongly advise against using that SE to learn on. The first few dorks you have (and you WILL have them; count on it) will cost as much- or more- than a decent plastic 30. Pull the electronics out of the X-Cell if you must, but unless you are very unusual, or have a competent instructor at your elbow whenever you fly, the odds of you pranging your X-Cell are almost guaranteed.

Not trying to rain on your parade; but I have a friend who tried to learn on X-Cell gasser; which is nearly identical to what you have. After the first two crashes, he gave it up as too expensive.

Just food for thought...


P.S.: I just realized that the SELLER is in Broussard. Not sure where you are; sorry.
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12-18-2003 02:15 AM  13 years agoPost 3
GM1

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Tallahassee, Florida US

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GET HELP!!

To second what Steve says, PLEASE be sure and get help. It is worth a long drive to learn what to do and, even more, learn what NOT to do. Remember, this is a 10 pound model with blade tips moving 250 mph. It can be dangerous at worst and, at best, expensive.
I learned on a 60 powered model with no help ( there was noone within 100 miles that flew helis) and it cost me a LOT of money. I have since taught guys to fly with 30 powered plastic models who never broke or bent a part until they were solidly into foward flight.
A sim and 30 powered plastic model are a very good idea and save the SE until you can appreciate its wonderful flying qualities.
Gordie

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12-18-2003 05:52 AM  13 years agoPost 4
Ray Fernandez

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Guam (U.S.A.)

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Looks to be a pretty ship.

I do however, agree with what Steve and Gordie mentioned. Find some help nearby and try and get yourself a (for the meer definition of it) "cheaper" heli. THe learning curve might not be too bad for you since you mentioned that you've been flying for sometime now.

Good luck to you and Happy Holidays.

Ray Fernandez - GUAM

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12-18-2003 12:55 PM  13 years agoPost 5
going vert

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Chicago, IL

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Thanks guys - I figured as much. I'll be working on the sim all winter and will get help come spring. I might pick up a used raptor 30 too.

I actually live in Chicago, IL, not Louisiana, so I'll have to find someone out here to help.

Thanks for the feedback.

Drew

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12-19-2003 12:59 AM  13 years agoPost 6
mirsign

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jacksonville, nc I WAS BORN TO TEACH YERAM TO SPEL

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AWSOME

please buy a raptor to practice with maybe a rappy 50!!

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12-19-2003 01:24 AM  13 years agoPost 7
going vert

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ya - I had to buy that x-cell.... It just looked like a great deal. Worst case, I'll strip it all down and sell the heli in pieces. I'm sure the sum of the parts is more than $1200.

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12-19-2003 11:06 AM  13 years agoPost 8
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Arizona

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Get your self a sim and training weels, and fly it .
A friend of mine learned on a X-cell gasser, he had two bad crashs then realized he needed a simulator, it was kind of humbling for him, having flew planks for years before that, He got a G2 then all is well.

His flying of airplanes got better, realizing the left stick did more than go up and down

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12-28-2003 01:51 AM  13 years agoPost 9
jerrythercpilot

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I have to agree with the rest., get a 30 sized ship to learn on.
I have an SE and even a very minor crash can cost $100-$200.

I would get an EVO instead of the Raptor 30 though. I have had a Raptor 30 ( which was a good machine to learn on) and Now I have an EVO 50 (basically same thing as the EVO 30). The EVO has some pretty nice standard features and no upgrades required and it flys smoother. The price is not much different than the Raptors.

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